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In Vitro Fertilisation

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many men were registered as sperm donors in each of the last five years. (144321)

The number of sperm donors currently recorded by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for each of the last five financial years is set out in the following table. Numbers may change as new information is obtained.

Total number

2001-02

326

2002-03

305

2003-04

246

2004-05

250

2005-06

270

When donor anonymity was removed from 1 April 2005 there were concerns about the impact on donor numbers. Therefore we welcome the increased numbers in 2005-06 and will continue to encourage good practice in terms of donor recruitment.